To really sell the fake deaths, the TikTokers filming often pretend to be just as shocked at reading the fake news to make the prank more believable.
Celebrities are getting fictionally killed off left right and centre, for example in one video someone says: "Oh my God. Cher dead at 81," prompting a "Nooo!" from the parents, as the dad added: "My Cher?"
“Oh, my God, Howard Stern dead at 68,” one TikToker informs a man watching TV who appears to be dad, to which he shouts “What?!” in a shocked response.
One Ozzy Osbourne fan was devastated after being told the singer had "died," as the woman let out a prolonged scream as the prankster admitted, "I think I ruined Christmas," with the video going viral at 7m views.
Jon Bon Jovi was also a popular choice of celeb to kill off, as in a viral TikTok with 1.7m views a dad is informed (pranked) by his kids and warns them "Don't tell Mom. Have her find out tomorrow, she will cry."
Though this advice is ignored as the daughter tells her mum "not to freak out" and breaks the fake news of the singer's death, causing the mum to immediately cover her hands over her face as she walked up the stairs silently - when asked if she's okay, the mum shouts "NO!"